Friday, January 6, 2012

Field Trip

I chaperoned Jake's field trip for school today. It was so fun! I have a serious problem with taking pictures of old things. I love them. It was definitely a simpler time....

Love the prescription bottles in the "General Store". There were all kinds of fun labels on the bottles.


Can you imagine putting on those shoes? No wonder they had to have a button hook. Also, Jake thought that lunch pail was pretty cool.


This little sewing machine is awesome. Things have changed so much. I didn't get a picture of the pedal underneath the table to operate it. Reminds me of Bangladesh a little. :)


The high wheel bicycle. Jake wanted to try and ride it. Unfortunately one of these will set you back around ten grand!


The show globe was one of my favorite things. Partly because it is so pretty but also because I love the history. Apparently one of these was displayed in the window if there was a "skilled" pharmacist in the store so that people who couldn't read would know. They would show their skill by turning the water in the globe different, vivid colors. There is also  a possibility that in times of mass disease the water was dyed red to warn people that there was disease in the town. 


The Maytag-Mason Motor Company was one of the businesses that was established in Waterloo in 1910. The car was beautiful!


These boxes were just cool. 


For those of you that are big coffee drinkers. Imagine having this coffee grinder be the only thing you could use for grinding it? 


The stereoscope was one of their favorite things to see. All the kids were able to look into it and see the picture of the cars in 3-D. It was really cool!


We walked through the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center. You can read more about the Sullivan brothers here. As a direct result of the death of the brothers the US War Department adopted the Sole Survivor policy. 

Just a little backstory on the flag below...
The Blue Star Service Banner is a service flag that families with members on active duty can display. When a serviceman or servicewoman dies during military service, regardless of the cause of death, a gold star replaces the blue one. The tradition began in WWI and was widely used during WWII. It was not popular during the Vietnam War. The Sullivan family had a flag with 5 gold stars in their window until the end of WWII.


The trip was great, educational and entertaining. The kids all did really well and enjoyed seeing the constellations in the planetarium as well.
I can't wait to go back with our family and spend a little more time there.

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